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Master Gardener Tips May 15, 2024

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By Debbie Post, University of Nebraska Extension Master Gardener. 

Whether it’s helping your soil with retention or drainage or changing its PH balance, a simple soil sample is the place to begin. Contact your local county extension office who can give you instructions for gathering 10-12 inches of dirt from various spots in your test area. For a nominal fee, the participating lab will analyze your soil to let you know what amendments you might need for improvements. You can even speak with an agronomist who will help you interpret the results for your garden produce.